Story Cloth Workshop
5/25: Story Cloth: A Visual storytelling workshop
Story Cloth is a form of non-verbal self expression that can depict experiences of joy, inspiration and healing. Experiences of trauma or grief, that may be hard to express in words, can also be stitched into cloth in an easily understood language of personal expression.
This workshop taps into a creative revival of passing on family stories, recovering dream imagery or making political statements in cloth as many cultures around the world have done for generations.
Come to the studio and stitch, tack, weave or hot glue your personal story in this six hour celebration of fabric, yarn and mixed media materials.
A short video and guided visualization will help get you on the path to accessing imagery containing personal meaning to craft your own story cloth. Topaz Weis, REACE will be there to offer a framework for understanding Story Cloth across cultures and through time. She will help brainstorm and lend her expertise to any materials or technique challenges.
A mountain of materials will be provided but participants are encouraged to bring fabric trimmings, embroidery floss, buttons, beads, nature materials, etc. (that may or may not have sentimental meaning) to use or to share.
There will be a one hour lunch break. Lunch can be procured at your choice of many downtown Burlington restaurants, or you can bring a lunch from home.
Saturday, May 25th 9:00am – 4:00 pm
Cost:$100 includes materials, $85 if bought before May 15th!
Register early as space is limited. Use the paypal button below or Venmo:Topaz.Weis. For more info call:802 343-8172
2/3 – 6/9: Collage Your Own Deck: Collage Playshop
This is where creativity, intellect and your spiritual practice unite. Join Topaz Weis for the first ten sessions of this two part series as she guides you in collaging cards to honor the major arcana archetypes that can help guide your life story.
The 22 Major Arcana cards of the Tarot illuminate a story and system of wisdom about the Universe and our place in it. Each card embodies an archetypal figure with specific messages of guidance to help us navigate life situations and provide perspectives in our relationship to ourselves and others. Collaging a 5×9 card for each is like casting stepping stones across a river. You will gain a deep understanding of the profound teachings contained in each step of your journey. Each week a new archetype will be introduced. Crafting a card is a fun process, revealing wisdom and truth on many levels. No prior experience or talent needed! RSVP Required.
Sundays, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Discounted punch cards are available for the full series of 15 for $255, 10 classes for $200, 5 classes for $150 or drop-in single rate of $35. All materials provided.
Feb. 3: Chariot
Feb. 17: Hermit
March 10: Wheel of Fortune
March 17: Justice
March 24: The Hanged Man
April 7: Death
April 14: Temperance
April 28: Devil
May 5: Tower
May 12: Star
May 19: Moon
May 26: Sun
June 2: Judgment
June 9: World
Reserve your space by registering below or call Topaz at: (802) 343-8172. Sign up for all 15 sessions, 5 or one at a time. Registration required. Early registration secures your spot as space is limited.
Topaz, thank you for an incredible class! You created a safe and stimulating environment that allowed me to explore myself through the arts in its many forms! It was the just the right balance of teaching, guidance, variety and space to cultivate and nurture my creative and unfolding self. You took me to my creative edge and supported my expansion! Truly delightful! Thank-you!”
— Niko Pruesse, Strozzi Life Coach
9/14, 9/21, 9/28: Good Grief
Grief is like water.
Sometimes it’s vapor, weightless and bearable, reflecting the light around, yet always present.
Other times it’s a cloud of fog, so impenetrable that you cannot see through it to move forward.
And at times, it’s like an ocean, cleansing waves rolling in, the peaks and valleys giving way to gently soothing laps upon the shore.
Still other times it’s like a torrential storm feeding a raging river, the streams and creeks filling the swollen banks, taking over everything, all cracks and fissures in the earth filling with torrents of water droplets, every one joining forces as the roiling river rushes to the sea.
—by Iris Kananaugh
Have you or your clients experienced loss of a loved one or relationship, life transition, identity shift, or cultural / ancestral grief? Has grief stopped you from feeling fully alive? How do we attend to both the tasks of living and grieving? Art is one answer. It provides color and texture in a time when life feels heavy and dull. Explore the art of grieving though music, art, movement, writing. No prior art experience needed. Pre-registration required.
Saturdays, September 14, 21, 28
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
All materials included
* A commitment to attend all 3 sessions is requested as this is a workshop that has a designed progression and missing sessions will weaken the fabric of the group container. For information, workshop specifics and registration, please call: (802) 343-8172